Visual Studio Code editor (should we better call it as an IDE? :)) has got a nice facility to boost our producvity especially when we work on the applications that demand a constant attention with the terminal. Example, Angular, Node applications or even with the static site generators like
New Terminal - Folder Selection
VS Code has got two icons on the Terminal window. On the top right, we get a “+” icon to add a new terminal, and depends on the folders added in the workspace it will ask you to choose a folder in which the terminal to be opened - yet another cool feature :) yeay! :)
Split Option in the existing terminal
On an already opened terminal, when you hover the mouse over the terminal name, you get two icons in the small window as follows.
- Window - To split the terminal
- Trash - To close/exit the terminal
Clicking on the
window icon, the terminal is split on the horizontal side allowing you to operate in parallel on the two terminals easily, with just a mouse click for toggling. Earlier we had to manually select the terminals in the dropdwon appearing on the top and then resume the work.
Image - The
Image - The
split terminal menu item
Image - The icons of terminals after split
cmd- Normal Terminal Window (Command Prompt)
cmd- split into two, where each of them are of type
This is certainly a productivity booster I would say!
Try this and enjoy.
My Usage - Hugo
I use this for the static site generator
Hugo where one window is used for creating a new posts - with
hugo new binary, and the other window is to control the
hugo server OR
hugo server -D (for the drafts). As long as I actively work on Hugo, I have felt the need for these two windows to be operated in parallel.
Image : The
split terminal in effect
Note: Of course, you can open as many windows as you want by clicking on the
windowicon. But I don’t see any practical reasons to open more than 3 terminals at a time!
Raghavan alias Saravanan Muthu
23 Jun 2021 | Wed | 20:50:51 PM IST